The Ugly Animals: We Can't All Be Pandas (Ugly Animal Perservation Society)

The Ugly Animals: We Can't All Be Pandas (Ugly Animal Perservation Society)

Simon Watt

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 0750960582

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

60 of the world's ugliest and most endangered animals

This collection of 60 of the world’s most ugly (and endangered) animals, features rare imagery and explanatory text. The author is a high-profile biologist but also a stand-up comedian, and the text combines expert research with a light tone.

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opening on the right side of the body. Like most gastropods, the group of molluscs that contains all slugs and snails, the dromedary jumping-slug is a 59 hermaphrodite, meaning that it possesses both male and female reproductive organs. An individual typically lays clutches of fifty or so grey, jelly-like eggs on damp, decaying logs. It comes out mostly at night, finding its way around using powerful olfactory organs kept at the ends of the four tentacles on its face. It is thought to be

a mystery. The giant Palouse earthworm of Washington, USA, is one of the largest earthworms in the world and, though there have been reports of it being able to grow up to 1m in length, the largest confirmed sightings have been but 30cm. At such a size it doesn’t deserve the name ‘giant’, but ‘slightly-bigger-than-average Palouse worm’ doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. They do not spit or release dangerous shocks like an electric eel, but they have been studied by using hi-tech probes that

eventually landing on the Galápagos. From that first species emerged marine iguanas, which, having learnt to swim, quickly spread to nearly all the islands of the archipelago. Each island hosts marine iguanas of unique size, shape and colour. Looking at its fierce face, razor-sharp teeth, formidable claws and punkish tonsure of spiky scales that runs the length of its spine, you would be surprised to learn that it is a vegetarian, feeding almost exclusively on marine algae in the intertidal zones

nipping off food using their hard lips and grinding it up with continuously growing teeth. They process the food slowly by means of a long, multi-chambered stomach that is filled with cellulose-digesting bacteria that help break down cell walls and make the most of their difficult diet. They use their long arms and claws to hang upside down in a hammock-like posture near the crowns of trees, slowly moving into and out of the light to help control their body temperature. They spend so much of

mostly made up of water with a dash of sugars and a protein very similar to collagen. The thinness of the jet means the goo dries incredibly quickly, condensing the stringy active ingredients. Once prey has been rendered immobile by these gloopy lassoes, the worm pierces its victim’s flesh and squirts digestive juices directly into the body, breaking down tissues so that it may later slurp them up like a gross, partially digested smoothie. It also eats its used gunge, as it would be a shame to

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